Find a HEARTplay group near you

HEARTplay currently offers peer-support groups for children, teens, and young adults in Wayland and Newton. All groups require registration and are offered on an on-going basis. Participants are encouraged but not required to attend regularly and some groups have a co-occurring caregiver support group. All groups are facilitated by experienced mental health counselors and utilize the expressive arts to engage participants in activities to remember and honor their person as well as to develop emotional awareness and coping skills. The most important factor in HEARTplay groups, though, is that participants get to be with other kids who have also experienced a death, which, as many participants have said, helps them to feel less alone. 
In the interest of continuing to offer support and connection while prioritizing the health and safety of our participants and staff, we are continuing to closely monitor public health guidelines for Massachusetts.
Both in person and online groups are being offered for Fall 2021. Please see the calendar and links below for dates and times of specific groups.
Registration is required. If you are new to the HEARTplay program please register here.


Corazón a Corazón

Spanish Speaking Group

All Ages Welcome. Caregiver support available

Meets the 2nd Saturday of each month

(currently on Zoom)



Wayland MA & Newton MA

Pre-school, elementary, and teen groups offered

Co-occurring caregiver group during elementary group

Meets one Saturday per month. HEARTplay WEST & EAST currently combined.

(in-person October-December 2021)



Wayland MA
HEARTplay After-School

Elementary and teen groups

Meets weekly on Wednesdays. Elementary and teen groups alternate Wednesdays.

(currently on Zoom)



Wayland MA
HEARTplay Young Adult is designed for late high school and college aged individuals. It is a peer-support bereavement group focused on issues particular to the transitional time of young adulthood including: leaving home after a loss, meeting new people, finding support and outlets for your grief, time management, and the importance of self-care.
(currently on Zoom)